Integrity EMS announced this week that they will not leave Cleora without emergency medical services.

“We will provide paramedic-staffed ambulances to Cleora from our Afton headquarters,” said Rick Bronson, owner of Integrity EMS.

Recently the emergency service provider that served the Cleora area announced that it could not longer afford to provide the service to Cleora residents.

“There were only 19 calls last month for the previous provider,” Bronson said. “Granted, it is difficult to break even financially — much less turn a profit on that kind of volume. However, I’m sure those 19 patients were glad there was an ambulance available. Ambulance service is about as basic a medical service that one can provide to a community, and we could not see leaving Cleora without service availability.”

In business since 2004, Integrity EMS of Oklahoma is headquartered in Afton, with a station in Broken Arrow to serve the Tulsa area.

Integrity EMS, which recently came under new ownership, provides inter-facility ambulance services for critically sick and injured patients.

The Afton location currently has three ambulances with crews available if necessary.

“We run one ambulance continuously,” Bronson said. “We have two running occasionally and we have crews for all three in the event of a disaster such as the Picher tornado. We also called in aid from our Broken Arrow crew.”

All ambulances are staffed by Nationally Registered Advanced Life Support emergency medical technicians and paramedics.

Integrity is often called to assist with emergency and non-emergency services in Grove, Miami and other surrounding communities.

The Cleora EMS Trust Authority has invited Integrity to submit a bid proposal for the ad valorem tax subsidized contract.

“As long as we are providing ambulance service in Northeast Oklahoma, the Cleora are will be provided with competent emergency care,” said Peggy Baker, co-owner.